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The 7 Types of Barcode Scanners (2024 Update)

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In this article, we will explore the 7 different types of barcode scanners on the market today and explore their specific use cases.

Types of Barcode Scanners

Below we will explore the 7 different types of scanners for barcodes on the market today.

types of barcode scanners

Laser Barcode Scanners

Laser barcode scanners employ a focused laser beam to read barcodes, making them exceptionally accurate for 1D barcode formats like UPC and EAN. These scanners are commonly found in retail environments, particularly in point-of-sale (POS) systems, where their speed and reliability streamline checkout processes.

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2D Imaging Barcode Scanners

2D imaging barcode scanners use a camera to capture barcode images, allowing them to read both 1D and 2D barcodes, including QR codes and data matrix codes. They find extensive use in industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics due to their versatility in capturing various data formats within a single scan.

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Pen-type Barcode Scanners

Pen-type barcode scanners, also known as wand scanners, require manual swiping across the barcode to record data. While they are straightforward and cost-effective, their slower speed and susceptibility to human errors make them less common today. They are primarily used in small-scale businesses and for basic inventory management.

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CCD Barcode Scanners

CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) barcode scanners utilize an array of miniature light sensors to capture barcode images. They excel at reading 1D barcodes up close and are often seen in document scanning and library systems. However, they may not be suitable for long-range scanning or decoding damaged or poorly printed barcodes.

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Wireless Barcode Scanners

Wireless barcode scanners, as the name suggests, are untethered and transmit data to connected devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Their mobility and flexibility make them indispensable in warehouses and distribution centers, allowing operators to move freely while scanning items.

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Fixed-Mount Barcode Scanners

Fixed-mount barcode scanners are stationary devices strategically installed at specific locations, such as above conveyor belts in manufacturing facilities or at retail store entrances. They automatically scan barcodes as items pass by, ensuring efficient and accurate data capture in high-volume environments.

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Rugged Barcode Scanners

Rugged barcode scanners are designed to endure harsh conditions, including dust, moisture, and drops. These scanners are prevalent in industries like construction, agriculture, and field service, where environmental durability is paramount. Rugged scanners come in handheld or mounted configurations, depending on the application's requirements.

Choosing the right type of barcode scanner is crucial for optimizing efficiency and accuracy in data capture and management. We hope our article has now left you with a better understanding of the different types of barcode scanners.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on UDI barcodes or our article on ITF-14 barcodes.

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